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The Wichita Chamber Chorale is an auditioned choir of approximately 16 men and 16 women, recognized as the premier adult choral ensemble of Wichita and the surrounding region.  Dr Mark Bartel is the Artistic Director and Conductor.

Kansas-born Composer Kirke Mechem and the Kansas Choral Composition Prize

Well-known composer and Wichita native Kirke Mechem will serve as an honorary advisor for the Wichita Chamber Chorale’s Kansas Choral Composition Prize. Born August 16, 1925, Mechem was raised in Wichita and Topeka.  Following military service in the Second World War, he enrolled at Stanford University as an English major, where his interest in composition was piqued during a harmony course, and he changed his major to music. After completing a graduate degree at Harvard University, Mecham’s career has taken him to Stanford, Vienna, and then finally to San Francisco where he lives today. He currently serves as composer-in-residence at the University of San Francisco and has been a regular guest composer and conductor throughout the country.While Mechem’s works have covered almost every genre, his most notable are for voice and choir, and he has been called the “dean of American choral composers”.  One of his most widely performed works is his three-act opera Tartuffe.  Rooted in Kansas history, the opera John Brown was premiered in 2008 by Lyric Opera Kansas City.   His anthem Christmas the Morn will be performed at the Wichita Chamber Chorale Sounding Joy concerts in December.


Wichita Chamber Chorale 2016-2017 Season

Sounding Joy – Simple Gifts

Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm
East Heights United Methodist Church
4407 E. Douglas, 
Wichita, KS
Sunday, December 11, 3:00 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church
202 N Clifton Ave, Wichita, KS

There is a remarkable simplicity in the profundity of the incarnation. Music over the centuries has celebrated this gift and the imitation that it inspires in humanity, regardless of nation or creed.  Sounding Joy will be built around one of Bach’s signature motets, and miniature gems of the high Baroque, the multi-movement “Jesu, meine Freude” (“Jesus, Priceless Treasure”).   An array of traditional and contemporary selections evoking the notion of giving round out the program, including Alfred Houkom’s stunning “The Rune of Hospitality,” and the Midwest premiere of Canadian composer Robert Teehan’s, “O Nata Lux.”   

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Tickets are available online at » BUY TICKETS ONLINE (Credit card or PayPal); in person at Senseney Music, 2300 E Lincoln, Wichita; by mail to the WCC, PO Box 20744, Wichita 67208; or at the door.

Choral Classics – One Out of Many

Sunday, April 2, 4:00 pm (one concert only)
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s)
430 N Broadway St, Wichita, KS

The Wichita Chamber Chorale and guest high school choirs will celebrate unity amidst diversity in a cappella masterworks of the Roman Catholic tradition.  The rarely performed apex of Renaissance polyphony, Thomas Tallis, “Spem in Alium,” for five choirs will be coupled with the gracious Romantic tour de force, Joseph Rheinberger’s Mass in E-flat for double choir.  Gregorian chant will be woven through the evening, which will also feature works in Spanish by contemporary Latin American composers. 

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Tickets are available online at » BUY TICKETS ONLINE (Credit card or PayPal); in person at Senseney Music, 2300 E Lincoln, Wichita; by mail to the WCC, PO Box 20744, Wichita 67208; or at the door.

 Kansas Choral Composition Prize

WCC is now calling for submissions for the second round of the Kansas Choral Composition Prize.

The only program of its kind in the state of Kansas, this initiative is founded by the board of the Wichita Chamber Chorale and co-sponsored by Wichita’s Senseney Music.  In keeping with the WCC mission to champion significant choral music and to enrich the cultural life of our communities, the Kansas Choral Composition Prize fosters original choral music of the highest quality, with the intention of giving the winner(s) a high-profile performance of their work by the Wichita Chamber Chorale, in addition to a monetary prize.  The winning composition will be performed by WCC during the 2017-18 season.  For more information and KCCP guidelines please see link: https://wichitachorale.com/kansas-choral-composition-prize/

2300 E LINCOLN, WICHITA KS 67211 (316) 262-1487

The mission of the Wichita Chamber Chorale is to champion significant chorale music in our state.  The 300-voice Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus has a distinguished history of choral music performance.  KMMC is a member of the Newton Arts Council.  For more information about KMMC performances and other art opportunities in the area go to www.ksmenschorus.org or www.newtonarts.org.